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Spanish priest killed in Cuba, 2nd in 5 months

Spanish priest killed in Cuba, 2nd in 5 months

A second Spanish priest has been killed near the capital in five months, Cuba's Roman Catholic Church said Monday.
The Rev. Mariano Arroyo Merino's body was discovered Monday morning in his room at the parish he served in the coastal neighborhood of Regla, situated on Havana Bay across from the capital, the Havana Archbishop's office said in a news release. It said early indications are that the 74-year-old Arroyo was murdered.
Arroyo arrived in Cuba in January 1997, the same month Pope John Paul II made a historic visit to the island, and had worked at the Regla parish since 2004. The church did not speculate publicly about a possible motive and did not offer any details.
There was no mention of the priest's death in state media, which generally doesn't report on crime news.
Authorities are still investigating the death of another Spanish priest, the Rev. Eduardo de la Fuente Serrano, whose body was found in a remote, sparsely populated area just outside the capital in mid-February.


Updated : 2021-10-19 11:42 GMT+08:00